We’ve been using the Mightier System for three months now. Here’s my review- part 2
It’s been about 3 months since we received our Mightier system in the mail and gotten started with it. And I know you’re all wondering… how’s it going? Well, I’m happy to share that it is going pretty well! I have plenty of thoughts on the system as a whole and what we’ve learned so far. So here goes:
What’s been going well for us with the Mightier System
The Mightier system has given us a whole new way to talk about emotions and our physical responses to them. This is very helpful when you have a super literal kid like I do. He’s able to see his heart rate increasing, how his emotions impact tasks, and then he can ALSO see how working to calm himself makes things easier again! BAM! It works as intended, 100%. But it’s not a magic bullet. By itself, it’s not going to do much of anything for anyone.
That being said, when we incorporate Mightier into our discussions, use the language we’ve learned, and talk about the link between his mind and body… then we see progress! For the people out there that roll their eyes at Mightier thinking that it’s something parents use to get out of managing their kids… you’re so wrong. Mightier is another tool we’ve added to our toolbox, which means that it’s another thing that requires my input, attention, and cooperation. It ADDS to my to-do list, not detracts from it. But… it’s helping! So it’s totally worth it!
Another aspect of the Mightier system that still impresses me is the community and support. The parent dashboard, email sequence, parent group, and tech/ user support is all top notch.
But of course not everything is awesome
Just like everything else in life, Mightier is not perfect. Thankfully, the parts that irk me are far outweighed by the positives. Here’s what our issues have been so far.
The hardware can be a struggle. The battery life is seemingly random, the heart rate monitor sometimes simply refuses to pair with the tablet, and oddly enough the way the case is shaped causes the power button to get bumped during gameplay making the tablet go to sleep mode mid-game. In the grand scheme of things, these are minor issues, but this is a review, so everything is worth mentioning.
Next up, the Mightier games simply can’t compete with the other video games my son plays. His dad and brother enjoy playing games as well, so between the three boys in this house, we have a LOT of games. And systems. And screens. The Mightier games are fun, but they’re not Roblox level fun so to speak. This means that my son rarely CHOOSES to play the Mightier tablet on his own. To deal with this, we’ve scheduled it as part of our homeschool curriculum to make sure he gets in time every week. Now, if your kids aren’t already video game zombies, this won’t be an issue for you. The Mightier games really are fun!
Lastly, and probably my biggest complaint to date, is that the coaching call program has changed. If you read my last review, you witnessed me practically drooling over our assigned coach. She was awesome! However, with the new set up, you no longer schedule calls with a set coach. You call whenever you need to and speak to whichever coach answers the phone. Again, not a huge issue, but as a special needs mom, that connection I forged in those first few calls just made me feel so SEEN!
We received our Mightier system back in August and had extremely high hopes for it. Now, 3+ months later, we have learned that we need to schedule it into our day, it requires time and effort from both my son and myself, and it is an effective tool in linking emotions to physical sensations.
Recently, a friend I hadn’t seen in a while (COVID-19 is a jerk) noticed that my son DIDN’T throw a tantrum. He took a deep breath, didn’t yell, and although he was visibly angry, he worked through it. Sometimes being so close to the fire means you can’t tell how hot it actually is, and in this case, her amazement was the eye-opener to show me just how far we’ve really come. Granted the Mightier system is just one part of a very complex plan for behavioral management, but I have no doubts where those deep breaths came from.
Do I still recommend the Mightier System?
That’d be a hard yes. I absolutely recommend it. Honestly, I think everyone could benefit from play-based therapy like this. While its main purpose is to help my son figure out how his body and mind interact while learning to control his emotions, I have also learned a thing or two. Emotional intelligence is not something that comes naturally to most of us, myself included.
So if Mightier is on your radar, I highly recommend you go for it. I’d love to hear how it goes for you!